Compost bins

Yesterday a group of Girl Scouts and their leaders came over to the garden to learn about growing vegetables in

Yesterday a group of Girl Scouts and their leaders came over to the garden to learn about growing vegetables in a dry climate. One of the things we talked about was the importance of amending the soil with lots of compost.

Our native soil looks like this:

But several years of adding compost to a raised bed has transformed the soil into a medium that is not only richer in nutrients, it is also one that does a better job of holding moisture:

These are my compost bins, made so many years ago that I no longer remember where I first saw the plans for them:

They are both made of cedar 4×4 posts for the corners, and sides of hardware wire and cedar boards. The front of the bins have these removable cedar 1×6″ boards, which have holes that simply slip over the heads of bolts in the posts:

Organic matter goes on the top, and eventually, compost comes out the bottom. I remove the boards to get at the composted material, and the whole cycle keeps on churning. It’s been a good, durable system for several years now.